To house our pack of livestock guardian dogs we have a variety of different dog houses from the massive granite stone slab kennel to one made of wooden pallets. By far the easiest and simplest to setup is this one, the barrel dog house. It is simply a 50 gallon heavy duty plastic food grade barrel that olives came in from Italy. Drill some holes in a line along one wall which becomes the bottom, add some hay and presto! Instant dog house. It is large enough even for Kita and Saturn, our two largest dogs to use individually. The puppies can often be found snuggled in with bigger dogs like Kia, who’s in the barrel with Kira here, or Baloo who is another if Kia’s sons. The one thing is be sure to block the barrels so they do not roll. The dogs are not fond of tumbling amusement park rides!
These dogs are in the atrium, were the pups stay when unsupervised until they are trained. This is next to the house garden corral where various livestock overwinter so the puppies are always around the charges they’ll be guarding as adults. As the winter progresses the barrels become buried in the snow drifts and thus insulated from the cold and wind. The dogs keep the openings clear so they can get out of the wind on the worst nights. Interestingly, it is not uncommon to find them snuggled in a snowbank as often as in the barrels. They have the choice and that is what matters.
When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory. -Friedrich Nietzsche